Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Musical News for Tuesday July 29, 2014

MUSICAL NEWS: Lexikat Artists, MB Artists and the NoHo Arts Center Ensemble will present the world premiere of Scary Musical The Musical, book by Richard Hochberg, music & lyrics by Richard Hochberg and Michael Paternostro, musical direction by Brent Crayon, orchestrations by Kenny Seymour and directed and choreographed by James J. Mellon. Scary Musical begins previews on Friday, Sept. 12 at 8pm; will open on Friday, Sept. 19 at 8pm and run through Sunday, November 9, 2014 at the NoHo Arts Center, 11136 Magnolia Blvd. in North Hollywood. The cast includes Jennifer Bennett as Teena Louise, Candi Milo as Leeza Courtney Fox, August Emerson as Norman Hates, Frank Authello Andrus, Jr. as Freddy Loussier, Leigh Golden as Carrie Beige, Matthew Tyler as Mr. MacGuffin, Jane Papageorge as Jamie Lee Leigh and Keir Kirkegaard as Jason Cravin.

Someone is killing off the Drama Club of Vera Miles High School, everyone is a suspect and you decide who the killer is. Combining a slasher movie plot with a rock ‘n roll score, pop-culture humor and an homage to classic horror film clichés, Scary Musical has all the elements of your favorite “Scary Movies” with an added twist – the teenagers sing and dance – before, during and sometimes after getting killed! The setting is the quiet coastal village of Hidden Secrets, USA. On the night before the opening of the Vera Miles High School Drama Dept’s production of Scary Musical The Musical a brutal double murder takes place. We soon learn that a Crazy Mental patient has escaped from the Hidden Secrets Psychiatric Hospital and all “musical” HELL is about to break loose. Ticket: (818) 508-7101 x 6 or www.nohoace.com.

Wayne Brady will star as Fred/Petruchio in the Cole Porter’s Kiss Me Kate which opens the Pasadena Playhouse’s 2014-15 Season Sept. 16 - Oct. 12 (press opening Sept 21). The production, directed by Sheldon Eps, also stars Merle Dandridge (Broadway’s Spamalot and Tarzan) as Lily/Kate. The cast will also include Joanna A. Jones as Lois/Bianca, Terrance Spencer as Bill/Lucentio, Jenelle Lynn Randall as Hattie, Rogelio Douglas, Jr. as Paul, David Kirk Grant as Thug #1, Danny Stiles as Thug #2, Pat Towne as General Howell, and Jay Donnell as Baptista, with ensemble members Eric B. Anthony, Shamicka Benn-Moser, Theresa Murray, Saudia Rashed, Carlton Wilborn, and Armando Yearwood. Jeffrey Polk is the choreographer and Rahn Coleman is musical director. Talkback Tuesdays will take place on Sept. 23 and 30 following the 8:00 pm performance and there will be a Post-Show Discussion on Sunday, Oct. 5 following the 2:00 pm performance. Pasadena Playhouse, 39 South El Molino Avenue, Pasadena CA. Tickets: 626-356-7529 or www.PasadenaPlayhouse.org.

Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre in Hollywood will present Quick & Funny Musicals, three brand new short musicals, on August 2nd at 10:00 pm in an evening of. They are: Gwyneth Paltrow’s Nightmare. We all know that the GOOP is a super woman BUT what is Gwyneth Paltrow afraid of? This musical will explore the depths of Gwynnie’s soul, while not at all making fun of her penchant for lording her superiority. Catfish: The Musical. Can Nev & Max sing? Is the man on the internet who refuses to meet up a total creeper troll?  Find out in the newest edition of Catfish (the musical!). Understudies: The Musical. The intrigue, the sabotage, ever wonder what goes on back stage? And what the heck even happens in Wicked? Does anyone know?

The Company includes Rachel Bloom, Kathryn Burns, Nate Clark, Kimmy Gatewood, Jackie Johnson, Henry Kaiser, Jessica Reiner-Harris, Zach ReinoTony Rodriguez and Ben Siemon. Writers: The Company, Fiona Landers, Richie Root, Steve Szlaga. Quick & Funny Musicals are directed and produced by Lindsay Lefler. Tickets are $10. Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre, 5919 Franklin Avenue in Hollywood. Reservations: http://losangeles.ucbtheatre.com/shows/view/2159


Hair, by Gerome Ragni & James Rado (book & lyrics) and Galt MacDermot (music) comes to the Hollywood Bowl August 1 – 3, directed and choreographed by Adam Shankman. The cast includes Kristen Bell (Sheila), Sarah Hyland (Chrissy), Mario (Hud), Hunter Parrish, (Claude), Jonah Platt, (Woof), Amber Riley, (Dionne), Jenna Ushkowitz, (Jeanie), Benjamin Walker, (Berger), Beverly D'Angelo, (Mom), and Kevin Chamberlin, (Dad). From its stunning Broadway premiere in 1968, Hair defined the “rock musical,” exuberantly celebrating hippie counterculture, the anti-war movement and, of course, the sexual revolution of the 1960s with a rainbow score of hits – including “Aquarius,” “Good Morning Starshine,” and “Easy to be Hard.” Let down your long, beautiful hair, pull out the tie-dye and come celebrate. Tickets: www.hollywoodbowl.com/tickets/hair/2014-08-01

Chromolume Theatre has announced Bird Lives! as its next production, opening on Friday, August 15 at 8:00 pm. Written by Willard Manus and directed by Tommy Hicks, Bird Lives! will star Montae Russell as jazz icon Charlie Parker in this solo play with music. Parker, a legendary saxophone virtuoso, ushered in a new era of jazz by pioneering bebop and influencing subsequent generations of musicians. Bird Lives! will run through September 21.  The regular performance schedule is Friday and Saturday at 8pm and Sunday at 2pm through September 21. Chromolume Theatre at the Attic is located at 5429 W. Washington Boulevard (between the 10 freeway and Hauser Boulevard), in Los Angeles, 90016. Ample street parking is available. Tickets: 323-205-1617 or www.crtheatre.com.

The new national tour of Menopause The Musical® opens on Wednesday, September 17 at the Laguna Playhouse. (There will be one preview on Tuesday, September 16 and the show runs through September 28.) Now celebrating 13 years of female empowerment through hilarious musical comedy, Menopause The Musical® has evolved as a “grassroots” movement of women who deal with life adjustments after 40 by embracing each other and the road ahead.  Set in a department store, four women meet by chance while shopping for a black lace bra at a lingerie sale. After noticing unmistakable similarities among one another, the all-female cast jokes about their woeful hot flashes, mood swings, wrinkles, weight gain and much more. These women form a sisterhood and unique bond with the entire audience as they rejoice in celebrating that menopause is no longer “The Silent Passage.” Laguna Playhouse, 606 Laguna Canyon Road in Laguna Beach. www.lagunaplayhouse.com

EXTENDED: The Old Globe has additional performances of Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine’s Tony Award-winning musical Into the Woods, which made its world premiere at The Old Globe in 1986. The production is an inventive reimagining by Fiasco Theater, directed by Noah Brody and Ben Steinfeld, in a production that originated at McCarter Theatre Center. By popular demand, it will now play through Sunday, August 17. www.theoldglobe.org

AUDITIONS: Kentwood Players will hold open auditions for Into the Woods on Saturday, September 13, 2014 from 11am-3pm and on Sunday, September 14 from 6-10pm. Callbacks will be held on Monday, September 15 from 7:30-10pm. Auditions and performances take place at the Westchester Playhouse, located at 8301 Hindry Avenue, Westchester, CA 90045. For complete audition details go to www.kentwoodplayers.org.

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